The biggest story of the day was Maryland's loss to Cincinnati, which will effectively drop them from the rankings. Cincinnati looked pretty strong the whole way and was way more physical and tenacious on the boards. The ACC had a hiccup --with only Wake winning out of the four games. Let's recap yesterday's games in the ACC.
Cincinnati 69, Maryland 57
Greivis Vasquez's struggles to find his shot finally caught up with Maryland. The senior finished with 19 points, but he was 5-17 from the field. He took more than double the shots of every other individual player, so if he is going to dominate that many possessions, he absolutely needs to have better shot selection and make more for Maryland to have the kind of season they are hoping for.
Freshman Lance Stephenson, who the Terps were recruiting pretty heavily before backing off, had an efficient 11 points to go along with 8 rebounds and 4 assists. He isn't pretty at times, but he has shown he is pretty good at cleaning up the trash around the hoop. Oh, and the Terrapins shot 2-14 from beyond the arc. Woof.
Florida 68, Florida State 52
This game was not very pretty. FSU was down 20 at the half and creeped back in it with pressing and quick possessions before the Gators went on a 12-0 run. The 'Noles shot 33% and 3-16 from deep (and people talk about Wake's poor three point shooting...). They also had 23 turnovers. Derwin Kitchen led all scorers with 15, but also had 5 turnovers of his own.
Virginia 52, Stanford 57
In another stinger for the ACC, Virginia fell to Stanford in a close contest till about the 5 minute mark before Stanford went on a run and closed the game out. The Cardinal were paced by Landry Fields' 25 and 13. Sylven Landesberg and Jeff Jones combined for 33 points on 12-21 shooting, but the rest of the Cavaliers shot just 16%.
Wake Forest 76, Winston-Salem State, 52
The story was guard play, with Ish Smith and CJ Harris dominating. You can find a full recap of the game soon, so check back a little later in the day.